William Bramwell Sizer Diaries
Milwaukee County Police Department
These diaries are a mixture of work and family affairs of William Bramwell Sizer. William was on the Milwaukee Police Department and a member of the Sherman Street Methodist Episcopal Church, later transferring their membership to Kingsley Methodist Episcopal Church and died in 1916. The diaries give a pretty good view of life in the years involved. The diaries were given to me for presentation on this site by family members see contributors page.
40 deg. W. Wind. Partly cloudy. Cool & pleasant. Reported at 5, 3rd & Hadley. 6 day men answered roll call. Stolzenfeld, Sizer, Miller, Smudde, Dettman & Marquardt. Capt. JL came in at 7:10. Daymen on wagon, Settgast, Bock, Boerner. Went to Sta. at 9:45. Got my check also Smudda's & Stolzenfeld's. Met Smudda, 21st & Center 11 AM. Went to Becks, left my check there to pay Bal. on note for $175.00.
32 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Cold. snow flurries at 6:30 AM. In court at 9 AM. in Meyer abandonment Case. Case cont. till May 2nd. 5:30, Called to 1131-19th St. Otto Ohrmund came home drunk. Took the axe and attempted to destroy the piano. I took the axe away & took him out of the house. Emil Kuneppel & Wm. Barth helped me. We laid him down on the St. (20th) & held him till the No. 5 Patrol Wagon. My first case at No. 5. Booked him for Drunk & Dis.
24 deg. N Wind. Fair. Went to Kingsley Church at 6 AM with Minnie & Walter. Easter Sunday.
24 deg. SW wind. Fair. Cold. Froze hard. 9 AM in court with Ohrmund. Pleaded guilty. Fined $5 & costs. Took him to Central Sta. Orders to be at Sta. at 6:30 PM.
32 deg. SW wind. Partly cloudy. Cool & pleasant. Election day. Went to Polls at 34th & Wright Sts. at 5:45 AM. Delivered keys to voting machine to Geo. Mergner, Chairman.
43 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Very damp, wind changing to West at noon. Rose reelected 5,912 plurality. 10 Soc. Dem. Alderman. 4 Soc. Dem. Supervisors. 20th Wd. Seidel & Malnoski, 22nd Wd. Meyer & Nic Petersen.
32 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Rising Temp. Foggy at 7 AM. Clearing PM. Sent in the last of Tax Money by Lieut. Joe. John Herling, 1702 Cherry St. 9th Ward. $1.98. Went to Becks 928 Teutonia, settled up acct. Paid bill & got Note & receipted bill for extras.
40 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Rain with some lightning & thunder commencing at 7:20 AM. Rained all forenoon. Wind changing to S. at noon.
36 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Rain & snow mixed. Rained all day. Miller under charges for physical disability. Mail at 1:45.
32 deg. N Wind. Cloudy. Snow flurries this morn. Partly clearing at 8:45. Cold all day.
32 deg. Southerly wind. Cloudy. Snow & rain. Clearing toward noon. PM, squally W wind. Our wedding anniversary. Mail at 1:45, Malewsky & Phil Siegl.
30 deg. High NW wind. Fair. Cold raw wind. F.A. Miller has hearing today on chg's. preferred by Lieut J.K. at 5 PM. Stolzenfeld arrested Herman ( Tom) Gaulke onn Warr. Wm. Kelber somp. A&B.
28 deg. NE wind. Fair, Cold. Rising temp. toward noon
30 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Cold. Snow flakes falling at 7 AM and again at 9 AM. Nauman abandonment case comes up this morn. In court at 9 AM. Nauman case continued till May 14th by Judge Tuerner. N. signed his own bond. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:45. Went to Pautke's for No. 5 to put on helmet. but couldn't get one.
34 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Snowing: one inch of snow on ground at 7 AM. Clearing at 11:30 AM. Wind W. John Wantz came to our Sta. this AM. Travels Bernels beat in 13th ward. At noon- Wind changed to NE and began to snow & blow furiously. Temp 32 & growing colder.
16 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cold. Froze very hard. Cold all day.
28 deg. NW wind. Fair. White frost. Got $1.00 from Lieut Joe. for election dinner. Notified that on & after tomorrow my meal hour would be 12:30 to 1:30 PM. 11:30- called to Eng. 22. Found Wm. Klebsadel 720 Center St. there with a dog supposed to be mad. I shot dog & reported to the Dept.
34 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Looks like rain. L. Gruehn complains of keys being stolen from 23rd & Burleigh. I found 8 keys among the boys in the neighborhood. PM.- 3:45, Orders to go to 30th & Center Sts. Man killed in sewer. Found Miller there who reported case. C.J. Crilley, contractor, laying sewer from Clark to Center St on 30th St. H. E. Murray, Inspector & foreman for C. Deceased (name unknown) was in the ditch working when the bank caved in & crushed his life out. Time 3:15 PM. Man 40 yrs, 5 ft. 8 in., light hair & mustache. Blue overalls & jacket. Supposed to be Polish.
24 deg. N. wind. Fair. Cold. Cold all day. Went to 1721 Fond du Lac, Steckers, with Zillmers old violin. Concert at Kingsley this Eve.
22 deg. NE wind. Partly cloudy. Very cold & damp air. Court order to bring Frank Secker to Juv. Court - 2 PM. Reported to Clerk of Juv. Court, Reichenbach that I could not find Secker. Drew for vacations. I drew May 28 to June 7 & traded with Stolzenfeld for Aug. 11th to 21st. Went to Juv. Court at 2 PM. Back on beat at 3:20 PM.
27 deg. E wind. Fair. Warmer. Warmer. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:45. Went to Sta. after drill. Traded vacations with Vogt. Got Sept. 10 to 20th.
34 deg. E wind. Orders to be at Prize fight at Panorama at 7:30 PM. Home at 12 o'c. mid-night. Chicago Car Barn murderers, Niedermeier, Van Dine Jr.,, & Marx to be hung at 10 o'c today. Jake & Lois with Herbert & Dewey came this morn to attend State Epworth League.
40 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Heavy fog this morn. Clearing about 9 o'c. Very warm. Mail at 1:30 PM for Ald. Seidel & Malkowsky.
56 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Warm rain, thundershowers during the night. Rain all morn. 9:50 wind changed to NE. Cool.
36 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Cold & damp. Sent from Sta. to 1911 Hadley St. Goehring on a tear. He wife said he was sleeping & we did not see him. Reported defective walks on 20th & 21st Sts.
36 deg. NE wind. Fair. Chilly cold all day. Wrote up sidewalks on 22nd St. Will hand them in tomorrow.
43 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Cold & Chilly wind. Reported defective walks on 22nd St. this morn.
40 deg. N wind. Fair. Warmer. Drill day:- Went to Sta. after drill. Back to beat at 4:40. Letter for Seidel. Worked in garden this morn. At noon Pd. North Ave. Fuel Co. $20.00 acct. Reported defective walks on Fond du Lac this morn. 11 AM- Met Wm. Burns a Chicago Copper looking for Mrs. McKevitt, 1003 21st. Ave.
42 deg. N. wind. Fair. Warmer. Rep. caucus afternoon. Wrote up defective walks all PM.
45 deg. NW wind. Fair. Warm & pleasant, 11 o'c wind changed to NE. Cooler. Ave. Min. Temp. for Mo. - 33 deg. Reported defective walks on Center St., Bismark St, 26th, 27th, & Hopkins Sts. Checks at 1:30. Reported defective sidewalks on 28th St. this PM.